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Forests Newsroom

News Corp publisher's books linked to paper from endangered rainforests: RAN

HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, has been accused by a conservation group of using materials sourced from Indonesia's endangered rainforests.

Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), showed that some of HarperCollins' children's books were printed with rainforest fiber.

Chicago Tribune
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Harper and Rainforest Action Network Collide Over New Warning

HarperCollins is challenging the methodology behind the newest advisory from the Rainforest Action Network that some of its children’s books contain paper harvested from vulnerable Indonesian rainforests. According to RAN, a test conducted in November of seven HC titles found three with “significant” quantities of acacia fiber that is mainly sourced from Indonesian rainforest and trace amounts in “several” others.

Publishers Weekly
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cargill can save the orangutan

Until recently, one could be forgiven for not being aware of the direct connection between the consumption of palm oil and the imminentthreat of extinction facing orangutans in Indonesia. But for companies like Cargill that are at the center of this controversy, this excuse is running out.

Star Tribune
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

E.U. OKs biofuels produced from certified palm oil

Given these worries, several environmental groups condemned the European Commission's biofuel ruling, which came after a series of meetings with the palm oil industry.

MongaBay.com
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crunch time for sustainable palm oil

One of the RSPO’s principles is to abide by local regulations, meaning member palm oil producers have committed to avoiding planting on peat lands. However, RSPO members have not agreed to a definition for peat land for the purposes of CSPO.

Eco-Business.com
Thursday, November 29, 2012

In Indonesia and Malaysia, as demand for palm oil grows, so do environmental, labor concerns

Slash-and-burn agriculture accounts for 80 percent of Indonesia’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the United States and China.

The Washington Post
Monday, November 26, 2012

FdL native helping protect Indonesian rainforest

Simba, the Lion King, was former Fond du Lac resident Robin Averbeck’s favorite Disney character as a child, and now the grown-up girl is saving Simba’s real world habitat.

Averbeck is a forest campaigner for the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) headquartered in San Francisco.

FdL Reporter
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rainforest group locks horns with Cargill

A rainforest advocacy group said agricultural conglomerate Cargill isn't serious about addressing deforestation concerns related to palm oil.

Rainforest Action Network said, in a statement, that it received a letter from Cargill saying the company has been trying to work with the advocacy group for more than four years. RAN published a statement it said was received by Cargill that said "RAN refuses to have a constructive engagement" about environmental issues.

UPI.com
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Setting the Record Straight: Rainforest Action Network Responds to Misleading Statements by HarperCollins and Media

Release Date: 
Friday, December 14, 2012

San Francisco, CA – A number of false and misleading statements by HarperCollins and members of the press have been made since Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released the results of independent forensic fiber tests on December 12, 2012. The lab tests showed that a number of HarperCollins’ popular books contained paper fiber connected to rainforest destruction. RAN is releasing this statement to clarify our position and set the record straight.

Holiday Shoppers Alerted to Rainforest Destruction in HarperCollins’ Best-Selling Books

Release Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laurel Sutherlin 415.246.0161

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